Ah! Perfect Timing!

Hey guys, happy Thursday. .
I do not know if it’s just me, but I honestly forgot it was still winter until a few minutes ago. That was perfect timing. Okay, not really what I meant by perfect timing.
I do not know how many of you know how old I am or what grade I am in. I am a senior in high school, and that means around this time is a big deal for seniors. it is now time to pick colleges.
The idea of going off on my own and cooking for myself is scary. This is because I can only chef up a few meals: pizza, mac and cheese, and grilled cheese. I do not really know how to cook anything harder than mac and cheese. But I have to go to college and cook for myself. I could stay close to home and eat whatever my mom makes if I commute. So, for me, I have three colleges I have been considering. The University of Akron, The Ohio State University (however, my first year would be at a side campus because I am not smart enough for main yet.) Or Grace College.
Akron is close enough that I could commute, Ohio State is close to my friends down there, but Grace is in the middle of nowhere, I know a few students there, but that is it.
This week my parents have really been pushing for me to pick a college. So, I decided to start praying about it. On Wednesday I was driving to my first class of the day really praying and just asking for God for more clarity on where I should go. Within seconds of me asking, I received an email from Grace college saying that they dropped the deposit price. This seemed like a pretty clear sign to me.
I have been really hesitant about committing to what school I want to go to. But I think God was very clear on this one. And just like I talked about last week, and how He might not answer your prayer on the spot; He might make you wait, or just say no. Here is an answer immediately. This is Because His timing is PERFECT. Lamentations 3:25-26 says,
“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.”
This verse remains true because our LORD IS GOOD! I hope all of you have a fantastic week and remember that God’s timing for everything is beyond perfect!
Thanks for popping in,
Raegan

Waited then I Got Answers!

Hey guys, happy Thursday! Today’s going to be short. I’m gonna give you a little update on my hip which is exciting but I’m not gonna talk long. I do not know how many of you are new here. But I have a really long hip history. The short version is here on this link. https://adaughterofgrace.blog/2019/12/12/rough-patches-wont-stop-me/

However, yesterday I went to the doctor to get my results back from MRI and I got them back.  I ended up having problems inside of my hip again that resulted in me having surgery again. 

My surgery is on March 30th, and I am so excited. Honestly, most people have asked me why I am not super upset or why I am not crying. I’m honestly pumped we finally found out what’s going on because I have been dealing with this for a little over three years. But we’re finally getting some answers to it. I know I talk about this a lot  I was starting to get upset about my hip and everything. But I finally get some answers and I couldn’t be more grateful for answers through it all. God really taught me patience. I thought after the first surgery I learned all the patience I needed, but I was very wrong.  

I am not angry towards God at all, He answered my prayers finally. Only a year later, but he had a plan for me. That makes me think that God’s response to our prayers isn’t always like “okay I’ll fix it right now”, sometimes He wants us to have a little bit of time before we get the answers. Because He has bigger things in store. 

Just like Psalms 40:1 says,

I waited patiently for the Lord;

    he turned to me and heard my cry.

This is so true, to my life. I hope that encourages you a little bit today that knowing that God might not answer your prayers right now but He has a plan later down the road.

Thanks for popping in,

Raegan

CLICK to See What God Wants For You

Hey, happy Thursday! My name is Raegan and I am a student, if this is your first time doing yes then welcome. Today we are going to talk about what God calls us to do.

God has Giving everybody a gift for a particular reason, let’s look at what Ephesians‬ ‭4:12‬‬

 says,

“to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up”

Look at where it says, “to equip people for works of service”  God wants to prepare you to do ministry and He equips us with spiritual gifts to grow, His ultimate goal for all of His followers is for us, to use our spiritual gifts for yourself and to help people know and learn about Jesus

God is a very loving God and He wants to do some stuff FOR you. You might ask what I mean by that, so here are some examples of things God wants to do FOR us. He wants to forgive you, for you to have eternal life, He also wants you to have a life with no condemnation (Romans 8)

Another thing God wants to do is stuff IN you. Overall God wants each and every one of us to be more like Jesus by fixing our character and Reflecting God. To see what I mean check out the post, Reflecting God https://adaughterofgrace.blog/2019/05/16/reflecting-god/

One more thing He wants is to do some stuff THROUGH you and me. This would like God using us in serving or doing different types of ministry and using the gifts he has given us.

God tells us that there are great things in store for us.

(All the things God wants us to do is an idea from Tony Livigni, I based this post on one of his sermons)

“to equip his people for works of service, SO THAT the BODY OF CHRIST may be BUILT UP”

– ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:12‬‬

“until we all reach UNITY in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and BECOME MATURE, attaining to the whole measure of the FULLNESS OF CHRIST.”

– ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:13‬‬

We grow up together and build up each other if equipping doesn’t take place

There is a need for believers to be in the world, we need to be grounded in the word.. if we aren’t grounded in the word we will be stuck.

This week I challenge you to try and listen to what God is telling you to do. And do it because He’s equipped you to do it because He wants to do it through you as we talked about earlier.

Thanks for popping in,

Raegan

Do We Leave Our Cross at Home?

Hey guys, sorry I didn’t post last week . I was struggling. My grandpa ended up passing away last Monday. I really had mixed emotions towards it, and I was not feeling up to writing a post last week. I hope you all understand. However, I am finally doing a whole lot better. So, today I will write a post on something that has been on my heart for awhile.
I am going to start off with a question:
The way that you live – are you living like Jesus?
I can tell you there are definitely parts of my life now that are not very Jesus-like. However, there are different areas in my life that are.
I am challenged with this on the daily. How can I be glorifying God if I know I am doing things that aren’t Jesus-Like? I will be completely honest. The language I use around certain people does not represent Jesus. If I want people to see Jesus in my life I can’t go around swearing because then I am not really representing Him, am I?
This is something in my life that I have to learn to remove or decrease so I can help God increase. Look at what the Bible has to say about us decreasing for Him,
“He must become greater; I must become less.” -John 3:30
This is what I mean. All
of us , including me, have to be less in order for God to increase. We can’t be the one to be glorified for whatever we might do. All of the Earth’s glory and praise we receive should point back to God.
I have been given the opportunity a number of times to pray with a child to “Say Yes to Jesus” but when I talk about it. I don’t say, “I prayed with a kid and had them say yes” Rather I say “God gifted me the opportunity and spoke through me in order to have this child decided to say yes.”
I shouldn’t give myself the credit, because it is nothing about what I did, it is all about how God gave me the words and opened the heart and mind of whomever I might be talking to.
Right here I am giving God all the credit. That is how it should be. Giving God all the glory.
Another thing is if I am a follower of God, I get brought back to Matthew 16:24 on the daily,
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me”
I often wonder if I am actually taking up my cross daily or am I leaving it behind at home.
I challenge you guys this week. Take up your cross daily and glorify God in every way you can. In order for him to increase while you decrease.
Thanks for poppin in,
Raegan

Update on Grandpa Ed

Hey guys! Happy Thursday! I know it’s later than I normally post, but I didn’t get home yesterday until 9 pm. I decided to sleep and write the post up later.
I know some of you are wondering how my grandpa is doing. He is slowly making progress. He is taking baby steps both literally and figuratively.
I believe he finally gets to come to home today, which is a praise. But he still needs strength. Like I said last week, this has been really hard on me. I’m quite some distance away and there is nothing I can do out here in Ohio other than call him.
I called him two nights ago and we were having a normal conversation – only thing that was different was that he was in a hospital.
This week I got a Bible verse sent to me and it really hit home.
Psalm 147: 3-5
” He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.”
My good friend Susie sent me this.
She reminded me God’s understanding has no limit. She was so encouraging to me! I was just encouraged to know that God is so powerful and all knowing that he cares for me. And it really gave me peace in this whole situation
I just wanted to leave you with that verse. I would really appreciate it if everyone could keep my grandpa in your prayers.
I loved what she said that and I challenge you this week to remember that God has no limit to anything. And He is so very powerful. I hope you can remember that this week.
Thanks for popping in,
Raegan

Pray for Grandpa Ed

Hey Guys! I know it’s not my typical post day, but I really just want to share with you guys the craziness that’s been going on in my life. On Wednesday my grandpa had a heart attack and was sent to the hospital. I was really scared because I haven’t had somebody so close to me be in such great danger in for their life. My grandpa and grandma are strong in their faith, and they have a huge support team in prayer. Immediately people were praying for him. On Thursday my mom sent me this.

“They are taking him off this machine today to see if his heart can work on its own.
Several doctors have come by to tell him he is a miracle. He flat lined, and they couldn’t get the artery to clear, so they called in another doctor. He said try pushing from top and bottom to clear the blocked artery. They said he regained consciousness after and started asking when they would be done, he wanted to get going. They were like, “Dude, you just died and by some miracle, we cleared your artery and now you want us to hurry up. “. They were laughing.”
My grandpa has been very antsy and wanting to get up, that’s just his personality. It was great to hear that he was a miracle.
It was crazy to get this text from my mom . I was all over the place with my emotions, but during it all, I was at peace with God.
Yesterday, they tried to take him off the machine that was pumping his heart. That didn’t go as planned.
Quickly we were all praying for another miracle. God granted us another miracle! Grandpa was able to come off the heart machine today:) and they are moving him out of the ICU tomorrow if he continues to do well:)

However, he still has a way to go. Praying for more miracles but thankful for the ones that have happened already. He is not out of the ICU yet. Definitely, the surgery was a miracle, but he is still struggling on his own. His heart is going to need more procedures. He still has a ways to go.

I just want to ask all of you if you can just keep him in your prayers.

Thanks for poppin in this random day,
Raegan

Raegan Reading or Actually Reading? You Tell Me

Hey guys! How is everyone today? Good first couple of weeks of the new year!

I know I am staying busy and that is what we are going to be talking about today; The craziness of life. I will be completely honest with you. Life is wild, and keeps me moving. 

For me , I try to stay in the Word daily. This year my new years resolution was to dig deeper into the Word. However, this didn’t last very long.  

Quite recently Seth asked me if I should read it more. I tried to tell him that I did, but I came to the realization that even though I read it, I don’t “read it”. It wasn’t until this week when I realized what I am reading is either something I knew pretty well so I just read it to read it, or I just didn’t retain the information. I really took a step back and thought about what Seth asked me,

“If I really read it, or if I “Raegan read it” ” What “Raegan read it” means is I skim it and don’t remember anything  I read. I realized that I was Raegan reading my Bible so I started really reading it. I got so much more into the Word this week, I learned so much more from it! Not to brag or say I’m better than anyone, but I have spent probably five hours in the Bible the past two days and it has played such a giant role this week. 

I am going to be honest , this week has been a bunch of ups and downs. However, my spending a lot of time in my Bible has made a huge difference in my energy. Yesterday, I was really negative about my hip. I was at a point where I wanted to cut off my leg. Then I read my Bible and 3 hours later I was smiling when I talked about my hip. 

The verse I have known for awhile but it really hit home this week

“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” -Psalm 46:10

This made such a difference as just a reminder that God is there for me and I need to be still. I need to remember that and it honestly was a game changer. I really read my Bible this week and it helped me so much! 

I challenge you this week to intentionally read the Bible, and not just “Raegan read”.

Thanks for poppin in,

Raegan